The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, August 17, 1901, Page 9, Image 9
THE COURIER. The Uw tnfla.no!. Dvil Amy at the .. e . ' t , J ,, j.. ' Tfcn'Amenc&n'Cxpesittva Dvfftkls'N Y ' . ' Wearing on the Alphabet. Tho prosecuting attorney in a lawsuit had waxed especially indignant at the defendant, whom he characterized as an "abandoned, baneful, cynical, diabolic, execrable, felonious, greedy, hateful, ir responsible, jaundiced, knavish, lazy, meddlesome, noxious, outrageous and profligate rowdy. "The learned counsel on tho other eide," said the attorney for the defend ant, when he rose to reply, "should havo put his adjectives in a hat and shaken them up a little before using. You must have noticed, gentlemen of the jury, that they were in regular alphabetical order. This shows that he selected them from a dictionary, beginning with "a." He stopped at "p," but in his man uerof reproducing them he has given us the 'cue' rb to how he got them." This turned the laugh against tho other lawyer, and he lost the case. London Tid Bits. Sharon, Mass., Aug. 7th, 1901. Miss Sarah B. Harris, Editor Hie Courier: In the last issue, August 3rd, of your paper, you repeat the absurd allegation that "Agnostics, atheists, and all grades of disbelievers in one god pray to him instinctively, whan they are on board a einking ship, when they are in extreme agony, when the surgeon's knife is severing nerves and muscles, or in the ; v Ust breath of consciousness before the y anaestnetic nas auiieu sense. This ib on a par with the egregious lie and general belief that Thos. Paine was an atheist and disbeliever in im mortality and recanted when he died. On the contrary Paine was and died a believer in immortality and bad nought to recant He denied theological creeds far more than Christianity. I ask you how many actual, intelli gent atheists (not agnostic straddlers) you know? Do you know one? By that I mean persons who positively know there is no God, no soul, no im mortality, no cause, no purpose in na ture, who are not even nature-worshipers, who hate, detest, despise the very name of God and idea of immortality as groesly immoral untruths, and look on Christianity as anarchistic, anti-natural, and aB the most damnable fraud human ignorance has yet fettered itself with. J&nv I am just that and all that. I vlkcow but three more real atheists. 1 have been in all the conditions you Bpeak of and never once looked for or sought the interference of a higher power. I simply knew there was a chance of life, so long as my strength lasted. For instance, 1 have been ship wrecked and had to go for days with out food and water and never once prayed or looked for anything but a sail bound our way according to the natural course of came no God sent it, the waves and the brought it that way no more thought of help from above than I have of help from you. I am a believer in nothing save the living for self intelligently, but he who does that will do all for every one that should be done. I am free from al truistic insanity, love of man and all Buch nonsense thanks to Nebraska, and when I and my child are dead, I do not care in the least when the end of the world Bhall come, or how it comes. I would not pull a hair to save the world or a human being, save those I love, (they are few) unless the world first paid for my services to my satisfaction. Now that is the true principle of ethics, yet I do not believe even your supreme intelligence can grasp it. Peo ple with brains enough to bo intelli gent atheists are the rarest thing in nature. Respectfully yours, F. S. Billings. events. When it The winds and desire foi money That was ail. I hae been through jungle fever, yellow lever and Asiatic cholera and looked to nothing but innate toughness to save ne. I have been cut open by surgeons and Trusted to their skill and my own Bjn? torus to live. I -tin now going the way of Bright'e disuse and know I Bhall die, but have Nebraska State Fair, J90J. For thirty-two years past, good crops or poor crops, the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture, true to its duty, has annually presented to the public, at its Fairs, the products, resources and pos sibilities of this wonderful young State, the tlower of the New West, a region of country known until a few years ago comparatively, as a barren waste. These products have been found, on actual examination, without superiors anywhere, both as to quality and yields. This year corn and vegetables, have been badly scorched, in sumo parts of the State, it is true. And yet, in many other parts, they are good. Small grain never was better. The Fair Management is going right along with the Fair as usual, this year, September 2nd to 6th; have greatly improved the Old Fair Grounds, adjoin ing Lincoln, lately purchased by the State. A new woven wire fence has been placed around the whole ground?; all the old buildings have been repaired, painted and put in the best condition. Nineteen new, large and commodious barns for livestock have been construct ed. Water from city water works in all parts of the grounds. Rail roads, both passenger and freight, run into the grounds. Reduced rail road passenger rates from all stations in the state. The secretary announces that the out look for exhibits were never better. Let the people all attend this great fair, and with their families spend a few dayB recreation profitably and pleasantly. SORROW. An angel of God to two women came, Saying : "What will yc ask in the father's name When at last ye enter the gates of heaven? For whatever ye ask ye shall be given." White with shedding of tears. one raised her face, Stiff set in the furrows which sorrows trace, And she said: "On earth I have had to quaff The cup of grief in heaven let me laugh." In pity he turned to the other then To a woman with eyes that held no pain Whose sunny face was a message of cheer To lives which had else been sadly drear, With lips ever ready for laagh or jest Denying the anguish which no one guessed ; She answered the angel : "When I die God grant me in heaven a place to cry." -M. T. Malthy, in the New England Magazine. Tots at Play. Wordsworth's lines of a child at play, "as if his whole vocation were endless imitation," were recently recalled by a conversation overheard in a children's ward in a provincial hospital. A little girl, whose role was that of nurse, rang an imaginary telephone on the wall to talk to her companion at the farther end of the room, who played the part of doctor. "Hello!" said the nurse, "Is that the doctor?" "Yes," answered her companion in a deep voice; "this is the doctor." "This lady1 is very ill," he was in formed. "Well, what seems to bo the matter?'1 "She has swallowed a whole bottle of ink," said the nurse. The doctor, not Hurried, inquired what had been done for the patient; but the nurse, too, was ready in emer gencies. She answered: "I gave her two pads of blotting paper!" London Tit Bits. She I tell you the really nice girls are gems. He Yes, and like other gem?, the most of them are under ground. The speech in the Houso of Lords of the Bishop of Hereford on the subject of gambling recalls a story told of Bishop Potter, who, traveling through Louisiana some years ago, addressed inquiries to his fellow-passengers with a view to ob taining information regarding the orch ards and fruit interests of the state. "Do you raise pears in Louisiana?" inquired the bishop. "We do," replied the Lou isianan, who was a better authority on poker than on horticulture, "if we have threes or better." The Mirror. Dogs and Trolley Cars. A Chicago press dispatch says: Three grave jurists in the appellate court havo Bolved the problem of tho proper rela tion between dogs pnd trolley cars. Tho result of three years' litigation has been the handing down of a decision that the well-conducted dog has as much right in the Btreets as a well-conducted human being; that he has almost as much right as a trolley car, and that if the motor, man does not ring his bell before run ning over him and breaking his back, the motorman's master must pay dam ages. It was the Great Dane dog owned by John Klecka, and killed by a West Side car, that brought on the legal fight. His death now nets the owner $75, and nets the others of the city the protection of the courts. The dog was not a trespasser, and the motorman should have tried to save his life, Bays the decision. The Dog Fancier. The average daily attendance at the Pan-American exposition from May 1 to July 1 was 28,010. The average daily attendance at former fairs for the full terms of their duration were as follows: Chicago World's Columbian ex position, G mos 153,113 California Midwinter Fair 13.928 Atlanta Cotton States expo 13,030 Omaha Trans-Mississippi expo... 17,082 Philadelphia International Ex port expo 19,233 The comparison is highly encourag ing to the Pan-American exposition. The first two months of fairs are usually the poorest in point of attendance, owing principally to the almost general belief that tho exposition is not completed until July. The Pan-American has passed this point, and the attendance is growing daily. By the first of August the increase in the average daily at tendance will show a very large increase, with the best months still to come. The Pan American is now complete and to see the exterior of the buildings is alone worth a long trip. The illumination with 500,000 lamps is also a wonderful eight. Admission to all buildings and games in the Stadium is free. DD1J!0JJAL GGOWODAJIOJJS. On account of the very low rates made to Colorado points THE UNION PACIFIC has placed ia service another through Pullman Sleeper on train No. 3, for Den ver, leaving Omaha at 4:25 P. M. daily and continuing until September 10th. This service affords passengers the very best accommodations with the greatest possible comfort. Reservations should be made as far in advance as possible. E. B. SLOSSON, Agent, a it'4 IS l tl So I! u r. II ii i -j 11 it i i .